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Life Stinks (1991)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 26 July 1991 (USA)
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A filthy rich businessman bets a corporate rival that he can live on the streets of L.A. without the comforts of home or money, which proves to be tougher than he thought.

Director:

Mel Brooks

Writers:

Mel Brooks (story), Ron Clark (story) | 5 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mel Brooks ... Goddard Bolt
Lesley Ann Warren ... Molly
Jeffrey Tambor ... Vance Crasswell
Stuart Pankin ... Pritchard
Howard Morris ... Sailor
Rudy De Luca ... J. Paul Getty
Teddy Wilson ... Fumes
Michael Ensign ... Knowles
Matthew Faison Matthew Faison ... Stevens
Billy Barty ... Willy
Brian Thompson ... Mean Victor
Raymond O'Connor ... Yo
Carmine Caridi ... Flophouse Owner
Sammy Shore Sammy Shore ... Reverend at Wedding
Frank Roman Frank Roman ... Spanish Interpreter
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Storyline

Sticking to great comedy in a way no one else can, Mel Brooks plays a wealthy business man who finds himself getting suckered into a bet with a rival business over the worst slum area of L.A. They both want to develop on it and both own half. Mel agrees to living as a homeless person in this neighborhood. If he can make it 30 days without his wallet or anything else, then the rival will sign over his half of the property. It's full of visual gags, one liners and even some heart warming scenes. Mel's character learns a lot along the way. Written by Michelle Scaturro

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Taglines:

From Fortune 500 ... to fortune's fool.

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

26 July 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Life Sucks See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,920,215, 28 July 1991, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$4,102,526
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to film critic Roger Ebert, the movie features "a premise [Mel] Brooks and his writers have borrowed from Sullivan's Travels (1941), the 1939 Preston Sturges classic in which Joel McCrea plays a Hollywood director who went on the road as a bum". See more »

Quotes

Vance Crasswell: An office is no place to do business.
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Referenced in The Matrix Revolutions (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Easy to Love
Words and Music by Cole Porter
© 1936 Chappell & Co. (Renewed)
All Rights Reserved
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Underrated
2 July 1999 | by QuetzlSee all my reviews

This is easily the most underrated film inn the Brooks cannon. Sure, its flawed. It does not give a realistic view of homelessness (unlike, say, how Citizen Kane gave a realistic view of lounge singers, or Titanic gave a realistic view of Italians YOU IDIOTS). Many of the jokes fall flat. But still, this film is very lovable in a way many comedies are not, and to pull that off in a story about some of the most traditionally reviled members of society is truly impressive. Its not The Fisher King, but its not crap, either. My only complaint is that Brooks should have cast someone else in the lead (I love Mel as a Director and Writer, not so much as a lead).


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